Complete COVID-proof restaurant greenhouse built in Milford, US.

Eating out amongst the plants

Greenhouses and igloos should begin springing up in downtown Milford this week. The temporary outdoor structures will allow selected restaurants to offer sit-down options during the pandemic.

"We're ecstatic," Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Ann Barnette said. "Obviously we wish we would have gotten all 26 greenhouses we requested, but we're happy with 10 greenhouses and igloos. We will work with restaurant owners on how to distribute... We're grateful to the county."

Oakland County is providing five each of winterized greenhouses and igloos, as well as about 50 heaters and propane tanks and some sanitization stations as part of a more than $40,000 grant to the village to help businesses through the pandemic winter. Just before Christmas, the county distributed an additional $80,000 in CARES Act cash grants to Milford businesses. 

The village council unanimously approved criteria for distribution of the greenhouses and igloos that will allow restaurants to take delivery of structures, which is anticipated to begin by Friday.

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